Journal of Forestry Research

, Volume 25, Issue 4, pp 749–760 | Cite as

Carbon stock in Korean larch plantations along a chronosequence in the Lesser Khingan Mountains, China

  • Wei Ma
  • Yan-hong LiuEmail author
  • Yu-jun Sun
  • Jason Grabosky
Original Paper


Carbon (C) dynamics are central to understanding ecosystem restoration effects within the context of Grain for Green Project (GGP). GGP stared in China since 2003 to improve the environment. Despite its importance, how total forest ecosystem C stock (FECS) develops following land-use changes from cropland to plantation is poorly understood, in particular the relationship of C allocation to pools. We quantified C pools in a chronosequence ranging from 0 to 48 years, using complete above- and below-ground harvests based on detailed field inventory. Stands were chosen along a succession sequence in managed plantations of Korean larch (Larix olgensis Henry.), a native planting species in the Lesser Khingan Mountains, Northeast of China. The FECS of Korean larch plantation (KLP) were dynamic across stand development, changing from 88.2 Mg·ha−1 at cropland, to 183.9 Mg·ha−1 as an average of forest C from 7-through 48-year-old plantation. In a 48-year-old mature KLP, vegetation comprises 48.63% of FECS and accounts for 67.66% of annual net C increment (ANCI). Soil is responsible for 38.19% and 13.53% of those, and with the remainders of 13.18% and 18.81% in down woody materials. Based on comparisons of our estimate to those of others, we conclude that afforestation of Korean larch plantation is a valid approach to sequester carbon.


Korean larch plantation forest ecosystem carbon stock chronosequence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wei Ma
    • 1
  • Yan-hong Liu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Yu-jun Sun
    • 1
  • Jason Grabosky
    • 2
  1. 1.The Key Laboratory of Silviculture and Conservation of the Ministry of Education, College of ForestryBeijing Forestry UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.New Jersey Agricultural Experiment StationRutgers UniversityNewarkUSA

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